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post #11 of 49 Old 11-17-2010, 02:56 PM
suggestion, i like to keep my LR away from the glass so it's easier to clean and gives space for corals to grow.

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post #12 of 49 Old 11-18-2010, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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cheers for info mate, ive also noticed there is a brown substance building up on the LR and the substrate. what is this??

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I agree. I wouldn't even consider a Tang in any tank under 6' in length, with the exception of a Kohl Tang, and even then a 55 gallon would be my absolute limit. They are just so active and need so much swimming space to stay healthy long term.
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cheers for info mate, ive also noticed there is a brown substance building up on the LR and the substrate. what is this??
sounds like your Diatom bloom.. its part of the cycle and nothing to worry about.. it looks really bad for a few days then starts to recede at this point i would add the CUC

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sounds like your Diatom bloom.. its part of the cycle and nothing to worry about.. it looks really bad for a few days then starts to recede at this point i would add the CUC
Also, pay close attention to alkalinity and calcium levels at this point to encourage coraline growth.
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sounds like your Diatom bloom.. its part of the cycle and nothing to worry about.. it looks really bad for a few days then starts to recede at this point i would add the CUC
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Also, pay close attention to alkalinity and calcium levels at this point to encourage coraline growth.
thanks, How do i check this? and what do i need to look for?

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post #17 of 49 Old 11-20-2010, 08:06 AM
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CUC = Clean Up Crew. Hermits, snails, etc.

Calcium and alkalinity, in my opinion, are the 2 most important aspects of maintaining a marine aquarium long term. Unfortunately they are not discussed a lot at the pet shops, probably for fear of intimidating customers. Instead, the customer is told to do water changes. Water changes are beneficial, yes, but are not a reliable method of keeping calcium and alkalinity in balance.

The topic can get long and confusing. I hope I made it easier to understand in this article:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...-marine-33079/
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post #18 of 49 Old 11-20-2010, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Cheers pasfur,

I just got back from LFS and have returned with 2 clown fish and a fire shrimp, :) they all seem very happy but the clowns keep swimming sideways just below the surface of the water, is this normal?

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post #19 of 49 Old 11-20-2010, 12:57 PM
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Ive heard that the |Clownfish do swim sideways and things like that so.. Anyhow your tank is looking really cool!!

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post #20 of 49 Old 11-20-2010, 01:03 PM
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at the risk of sounding rude
did you drip acclimate them? and as you were just getting the diatom bloom i thin kit may have been a touch to early.. keep up with your testing and if things start to climb (No2 and Nh3) do a partial water change...

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